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Love and the Mystery of Betrayal
Sandra Lee Dennis, Ph.D., author of Love and the Mystery of Betrayal
Original Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015

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What is it like to recover from betrayal of trust today in a culture that is blind to the trauma and impatient with grief? When her long-time partner left her shortly before their wedding, Sandra Lee Dennis found nothing had prepared her for the depth and duration of the pain. Despite having lived through her husband's death years earlier, she was stunned by the intensity of the suffering and could not understand why the shock hit so hard. Her loss of faith in this one person precipitated an existential and spiritual crisis that called her very understanding of human nature into question, and she wanted to know why. As she wrested with what turned out to be a massive trauma, she began to keep careful notes of her inner life—to try to capture the paradoxes of love, grief and longing mixed with bewilderment and post-traumatic stress. Love and the Mystery of Betrayal seamlessly blends research and reflection, love and heartbreak, rage and transformation, and the personal with the collective.

Sandra Lee Dennis, PhD, is an author, teacher and explorer of the interplay of depth psychology and spiritual experience. She was a teacher in the Gurdjieff tradition for many years, an Ananda Yoga instructor, and a longtime student of the Diamond Heart work. She has been on the faculty of six universities, as well as the C.G.Jung Institute of San Francisco.

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